The grapes for the 2017 Pintia were harvested early as it was a fairly hot vintage. They also did a softer extraction, reducing the percentage of wine that went through malolactic in barrel and used less American oak in order to achieve a more elegant wine. Still the wine is ripe, juicy, round and powerful. That said, it feels fresh and harmonious, not showing any heat. It keeps the poise and the balance and has abundant but fine tannins. Though approachable now, this wine will just get better with time. A triumph over the adverse conditions of the year.